Do Minors Have Rights to Get Help?
Don’t minors have the right to get help, too? Five states and the several cities say they don’t. They’ve banned “conversion therapy” or counseling for minors with unwanted same-sex attractions (also known as Sexual Orientation Change Effort (SOCE) therapies). However, since gay activists began working to deceive law makers in 2012, Equality And Justice For All and the National Task Force for Therapy Equality have defeated therapy ban bills in 20 of the 25 states where legislation has been introduced!
Equality And Justice For All In the News!
American Family Association's Journal featured Christopher Doyle and Equality And Justice For All in its. , October edition “I Want Out.”
October 2016 – “I used to be gay,” a man said matter-of-factly from across the table. Used to be gay? Is that possible? Can a person’s sexual orientation change?
Over lunch at this professional conference, I became acquainted with Ben Spratling. The conversation was fascinating. He shared about both childhood and adult confusion related to gender and sexuality.
Spratling had been exclusively sexually attracted to other males. He was ashamed and incredibly confused by feelings that were inconsistent with both physiology and the biblical teachings he believed.
He pursued change for his attractions, and over an 11-year period, he received healing through a variety of avenues. Through that period of time, Spratling, who has a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, realized that Scripture and science are not in opposition.
He now serves on the advisory board of Voice of the Voiceless, an organization that defends the rights of those who have been set free from homosexual attraction and those who desire to be set free. These individuals, their families, and others who support them routinely find themselves marginalized, misrepresented, and condemned by the media, gay activists, and others.
Countless Bible-believing Christians have experienced similar treatment. VOTV supports the faith-based community and defends the constitutional rights of all Americans to publicly share their views on homosexuality.
Christopher Doyle is cofounder of VOTV and a licensed professional counselor. His training and past personal experience with same sex attraction (SSA) has uniquely equipped him to help heterosexuals who struggle with unwanted SSA.
“Those who have gone through therapy on this issue tend to be in counseling for quite a long time,” Doyle explained to AFA Journal. “They typically have a lot of issues to work through.”
After his own 11-year journey, Doyle has become determined to fight for others who choose the road of healing. He works to block legislative efforts to ban “talk therapy,” the term used to identify ethically sound methods employed by counselors and psychologists for helping inherent heterosexuals identify the causes and resolve the underlying factors that lead to SSA.
Over the last three years, 20 states have rejected legislative efforts to ban talk therapy. However, the District of Columbia and five states (California, Oregon, Illinois, New Jersey, and Vermont) have passed bills into law that effectively prohibit licensed professional counselors from accommodating minors seeking help to resolve issues causing SSA.
“We have seen a drop in the number of therapy ban bills introduced in state legislatures this year,” said Doyle. “Last year, there were approximately 18 states that introduced therapy ban legislation. In 2016, there were only 10, and the bills were rejected in nine of those states.”
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Status of Therapy Equality in the United States
For now, in 90 percent of the country, minors still experience therapy equality, an issue close to the heart of Christopher Doyle, a leader in the #TherapyEquality campaign of Equality And Justice For All. Regularly, however, a new call is made to ban these types of therapies in a different state or city—most recently in Cincinnati, Ohio—largely due to gay activists distorting the truth.
“Politicians … would like you to believe that laws banning therapy are about protecting gay youth,” Doyle said. “But the reality behind these efforts is really a deep-seated intolerance by gay activists who refuse to acknowledge that for some youth, same-sex attractions are against their faith and values. Everyone has the right to resolve unwanted desires, attractions and unmet emotional needs. And if someone wishes to pursue therapy, who are we to stop them and deny them that right of self-determination? We need to protect and respect all youth, not just some. That’s true tolerance.”
Doyle, a former homosexual who says that therapy changed his life, is now married to his wife and they have five children. He has long advocated for therapy freedom and therapy equality, especially as activists fight harder to ban therapies for minors that help them deal with unwanted same-sex attractions and gender identity confusion.
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About Equality and Justice For All
Equality And Justice For All is the only civil rights organization that works to further the general welfare of the ex-gay community by promoting fair and equitable laws and policies protecting their rights. By furthering individual self-determination and liberty for former homosexuals, the organization strives to reduce bigoted representations of the ex-gay sexual orientation status, ensuring that ex-gays and their friends and families can be open, honest, safe and respected in a diverse society.